The Team

David Blake

David Blake

Director

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David joined Arlingclose as Client Director in October 2010.

He has over 20 years’ experience of providing treasury advice and support to local government officers and Members including debt management and investment management advice.

David is responsible for client advisory services at Arlingclose. He also leads the debt management team and has a proactive role in the analysis of interest rate movements and forecasts, with an emphasis on the formulation and implementation of debt management strategies. Current projects include managing iDealTrade.net, an automated “Local to Local” matching platform, renegotiating LOBO terms and developing alternative funding products. He also provides advice and support on PFI refinancing as well as credit rating advisory services.

He has completed and passed the CIPFA/ACT Certificate in International Treasury Management – Public Finance.

David has been providing treasury management consultancy services to public sector clients since 1997. He was Assistant Director at Butlers Treasury Consultancy where he managed several client accounts and was a regular speaker at training events and seminars on treasury management issues. These included Council Member briefings covering debt and investment risk management and the Local Government Finance regulatory framework.

Sara Cota

Sara Cota

Client Executive

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Sara joined Arlingclose in October 2021 as a Client Executive.

Sara’s responsibilities include supporting client investment and debt profiles, as well as providing assistance with strategy meeting preparation. Regularly producing and distributing financial and other updates to clients and upkeeping content on the Arlingclose website. She has a key role organising client workshops, distributing publications, and compiling Arlingclose’s list of recommended Money Market Funds.

Sara graduated from the University of Sussex in 2021 with a BSc (Hons) in Economics (2:1).

Laura Fallon

Laura Fallon

Assistant Client Director

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Laura is a CPFA accountant and joined Arlingclose in April 2013.

She is a client facing executive; her role includes providing advice on debt and investment strategies, providing assistance with technical accounting issues, producing clients’ balance sheet analysis and liability benchmarks, assisting clients in their compliance with regulations and in report writing. Laura attends client strategy meetings and oversees a number of client relationships. She is also the firm’s Compliance Officer and is responsible for ensuring that all relevant FCA requirements are met.

Laura is part of the Technical Team and assists with due diligence reviews, capital finance options appraisals, minimum revenue provision and financial instrument closedown issues. She presents a number of Arlingclose workshops and webcasts.

Starting in 2007, Laura worked for five years at the Metropolitan Police Service, where she completed her CIPFA studies. During her time there she worked in management accounting, financial accounting and project teams. She has experience of year end closure of accounts. Laura graduated from Imperial College London with a BSc (Hons) in Physics.

David Green

David Green

Director

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David commenced employment with Arlingclose as Client Director in October 2012.

He is a CIPFA qualified accountant and holds the Association of Corporate Treasurers’ AMCT Diploma.

David is the strategic lead on Arlingclose’s approach to investment strategy and credit risk management, ensuring clients earn a suitable risk-adjusted investment income while remaining within their risk appetite.

He is also a key member of Arlingclose’s technical team, maintaining our key relationships with CIPFA and DCLG. He writes and delivers our annual workshops on investment strategy and accounts closedown.

David is a regular speaker at external conferences and blogs on treasury management issues on www.Room151.co.uk.

Previously, David worked in the private sector for five years as a treasury manager where he managed the cash flows and banking activities of a large leisure business. He then joined West Sussex County Council as Treasury Manager where he completed his CIPFA professional accountancy qualification. David joined Sterling Consultancy Services in 2008 and in 2011 was promoted to Head of Consultancy before moving to Arlingclose the following year.

Amar Jandoo

Amar Jandoo

Client Director

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Amar joined the Arlingclose team in February 2014 as Client Executive.

Her primary role consists of managing client relationships through attending strategy meetings and maintaining regular contact with officers to assist with day to day treasury decisions. Amar also delivers a number of different client workshops and training events to both officers and members.

As a member of both the Credit Team and the Funds Team, she is also responsible for reviewing the credit quality of individual counterparties and pooled funds on an ongoing basis and approving these for recommendation to clients. As well as continued monitoring, Amar also meets with these institutions regularly in order to maintain the relationship.

Amar is a key member of the client advisory team and has assisted on and delivered a number of bespoke services such as investment appraisal reports and sourcing alternative funding products from financial institutions.

She is also responsible for the management of tenders for both existing and potential client contracts.

Amar graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics for Finance and Management. Amar also holds a Level 3 CISI Certificate in Securities.

Henry Johnston

Henry Johnston

Senior Client Executive

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Joined Arlingclose in August 2018 as a Client Executive.

Responsibilities: Help with maintaining client investment and debt profiles. I create and maintain a risk report for clients and organise client workshops for Arlingclose. Alongside this I maintain and update Arlingclose’s covered bond pools as well as the list of Money Market Funds that Arlingclose recommend. I am a member of our 'in-house' credit and pooled funds teams. 

Career History: Graduated from the University of Exeter in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Finance (2:1).

Stuart Jones

Stuart Jones

Assistant Client Director

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Stuart joined Arlingclose in October 2016 as Client Executive.

Stuart’s primary role comprises managing client relationships to assist with managing investment balances and sourcing debt solutions. As a member of the debt team, Stuart provides advice on sources and composition of clients debt within their prudential limits.

He provides training and advice through strategy meetings and workshops to assist clients with managing their investment balances and how best to allocate funds to manage each clients position. This includes maintaining relationships with market providers like money market funds to facilitate the investment process.

Stuart is also a member of the Interest Rate forecasting team and regularly writes economic updates for clients.

Stuart graduated from Swansea University with an MSc in Financial Management, after completing a BSc in Economics. Stuart previously worked in the accounts department at Charge Automotive.

Phiroza Katrak

Phiroza Katrak

Client Director

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Phiroza joined Arlingclose in April 2005 as Client Director.

She has been providing treasury advice and support to local government officers and Members since 1992.

Phiroza oversees a number of long-standing client relationships, providing advice and support to officers and members on treasury strategy, implementation and risk management. She advises on bespoke debt and investment opportunities, credit policies, and compliance with Prudential and Treasury Management Codes and Investment Guidance.

She is a member of the Arlingclose interest rate forecasting team and also of the investment group analysing and assessing pooled investment schemes.

Phiroza delivers Arlingclose’s client (officer and member) workshops and also maintains contact with CLG, CIPFA and investment fund managers.

Phiroza passed the CIPFA/ACT Certificate in International Treasury Management – Public Finance in April 2010.

Phiroza joined Integer Treasury Services as Treasury Advisor in 1992. Following Integer’s absorption into Sector Treasury Services in 1997, she also had a key role in formulating local authority credit and counterparty policies and investment strategies. She provided the ODPM with valuable input on their draft and final Guidance on Investments during the development of the Prudential Framework and played a key role thereafter in assisting local authorities in establishing individual investment strategies. As Assistant Director at Sector she was responsible for managing client relationships, as well as advising on debt, investment and credit strategies. Phiroza graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Bombay reading Accountancy and Economics.

Nicholas Keeling

Nicholas Keeling

Client Director

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Nicholas joined Arlingclose in October 2012, having previously worked at Sterling Consultancy Services since 2006.

He is responsible for advising clients on treasury risk management, the financial market environment and investment and debt opportunities. Nicholas manages the relationships of a number of long-standing local authority clients and is the lead for Arlingclose’s financial institution clients.

One of Nicholas’s responsibilities is the development of the team’s economic view and the production of forecasts and regular commentaries, analysis and reviews.
He has also been instrumental in the development of investment opportunities, arranging group investments in housing associations and covered bonds, and creating the Corporate Bond Issuer Service. He also writes and delivers training courses on his areas of expertise, particularly with regard to elected member training.

Nicholas has previously worked at both Gloucestershire and Lancashire County Councils. At Gloucestershire he managed treasury portfolios totalling £600m. He is an Affiliate of the ACCA and an Associate Member of the CISI and graduated from the University of Durham, Queen’s Campus, with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Financial Markets.

Stephen Kelly

Stephen Kelly

Leasing Associate

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Stephen joined Arlingclose in June 2010 as Leasing Director to provide independent leasing advice to clients.

He has 38 years’ experience in all aspects of leasing, vendor finance, asset and capital financing.

Stephen leads the Arlingclose Leasing Advisory service by undertaking strategic options appraisal to determine the most cost-effective means of financing capital assets and initially assess whether leasing or other asset funding options are financially viable. Stephen provides comprehensive support for any leasing tender process which includes review and revision of asset finance and leasing contract documentation. Importantly, he also provides clients with advice and assistance to achieve revenue savings through effective end of lease negotiations with banks and lessors. 

Stephen has held senior positions in various global banking and financial institutions including Lombard Nat West, HSBC, GE Capital, Rabobank and CIT. He has worked as a specialist public sector leasing /asset finance advisor and consultant with Capita Asset Services and he has also worked with Dell EMEA advising and developing their European public sector financing of tech assets.

Stephen has the Finance and Leasing Association Diploma qualification; a BA in Business and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Manchester Business School (The University of Manchester).

Stephen Kitching

Stephen Kitching

Consultancy Director

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Stephen joined Arlingclose as Assistant Client Director in May 2014.

He has a decade of experience in Treasury, investment management and accounting.

Stephen manages client relationships, providing comprehensive advice and support for officers and Members on treasury policy, debt and investment strategies, MRP policy, compliance with the CIPFA Prudential and Treasury Management Codes and the accounting Code of Practice.

As a member of the Housing Team, Stephen leads on the arrangement of funding for Registered Providers.

Stephen is also a member of the Credit and Technical teams, helping to formulate Arlingclose’s investment and accounting advice.

Stephen has also developed and leads Arlingclose’s offering for transactional banking advice.

After beginning his career in Sales and Public Relations, Stephen spent five years at the London Borough of Hackney, gaining detailed and extensive experience in Treasury, Banking, Pensions and Accounting before joining Arlingclose.

Stephen graduated from Balliol College, Oxford University with a BA (Hons) in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Financial Accountants.

Perry Marshom

Perry Marshom

Senior Client Executive

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Perry joined Arlingclose in November 2018 as a Client Executive.

He is now a key member of Arlingclose’s consultancy team with a focus on state aid (UK subsidy rules), providing interest rate advice, performing due diligence on counterparties and local authority investment advice. Perry also calculates fair values and expected credit losses for the financial year end.

He helps with maintaining client investment and debt profiles and support with preparing strategy meeting packs; conducting quarterly investment and money market fund benchmarking and balance sheet/liability benchmarking.

Perry also regularly writes economic updates for clients and weekly economic commentaries.

Perry graduated from the University of Bath in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Economics with placement. Placement was undertaken as a Technical Processor at Independent Broking Solutions Ltd, an authorised Lloyds of London insurance broker.

Mark Pickering

Mark Pickering

CEO

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Having joined in September 2004, Mark is a founding Director of Arlingclose’s Treasury Advisory Services.

He began his financial career on the Sterling Inter-bank desk at money broker Tullett & Tokyo, gaining broad experience in UK fixed income products, swaps and other derivatives. In 1997, Mark joined Integer Treasury Services, where he progressed to become a senior member of what became the Sector Treasury Services Team as Assistant Director.

He has over 25 years treasury advisory experience including financial modelling, developing debt and risk management strategies, and creating bespoke investment portfolios reflecting client’s risk appetite and preferences, ensuring clients’ compliance with CIPFA’s Prudential and Treasury Codes.

He is a principal member of the Arlingclose interest rate forecasting team.

Philip Pickering

Philip Pickering

Director of Administration

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Philip has supported the Arlingclose team since October 2008.

Philip supervises the company’s administrative activities.

Greg Readings

Greg Readings

Client Director

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Greg joined Arlingclose in February 2010 as Client Executive.

He is responsible for a wide range of client relationships and has a proactive role in advising clients on treasury management issues, with a particular focus on investment strategies. He both leads and supports these relationships at regular client strategy meetings as well as being an important day-to-day contact for many clients.

Greg’s investment specialism is reflected in the sub-teams he is a member of, being a key part of Arlingclose’s Credit, Pooled Funds and Interest Rate Forecasting teams. As part of these teams Greg has strategic involvement in the development and delivery of credit advice; analysis, monitoring and recommendation of a range of asset classes and collective investment funds; and the formulation of both short and long-term interest rate forecasts.

He is one of the primary contacts on the Asset Management industry and regularly meets with Fund Managers, Rating Agencies and other key industry participants. His focus is on longer-dated, strategic Fund opportunities and he also oversees Arlingclose’s advice on Money Market Funds, having spent over five years as the main contact on MMFs.

Greg helps deliver Arlingclose’s treasury management workshop programme and Elected Member training service. He also supports Arlingclose’s Leasing Advisory services, providing strategic leasing advice to a range of clients.

Greg spent a year at HM Treasury, working as an Assistant Economist having and graduated from the University of Surrey with a BSc (Hons) in Business Economics with Computing.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts

Client Director

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Paul joined Arlingclose as an Assistant Client Director in September 2017 and was made a Client Director in July 2022.

He is a CFA Charterholder with over 18 years’ experience in the financial services sector including nine years providing treasury advice and support to local authorities giving investment, debt management and debt restructuring advice.

His responsibilities include the provision of advice to both professional and retail clients as well as sitting on the Interest Rate, Credit, and Pooled Funds teams. Paul has also been assisting with UK bank ‘bail-in’ analysis and the credit assessment of housing associations as well as undertaking due diligence on pooled funds.

Paul began his financial services career at Sector Treasury Services, becoming a Client Executive and providing debt and investment advice to a range of local authority clients. He was also a member of Sector’s Interest Rate Strategy Group, helping to devise the in-house Bank Rate and gilt yield/PWLB interest rate forecasts. Paul continued to work extensively with local authorities and other public sector bodies after moving to Santander in 2008, holding a variety of positions during his nine years there. Before starting his career in finance, Paul worked for a FTSE 100 engineering company and graduated from the University of Bristol with an MSc in Economics.

Joseph Scott-Soane

Joseph Scott-Soane

Senior Client Executive

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Joseph joined Arlingclose in February 2020 as a Client Executive and was promoted to Senior Client Executive in July 2022.

Joseph’s responsibilities include: Assisting in maintaining client investment and debt profiles and support with preparing strategy meeting packs. Producing and sending out financial and other updates to clients and curating daily market and economic data on the Arlingclose website.

Joseph is a member of the Funds Team, Credit Team and Housing Association team and has a key role organising client workshops, distributing publications and collating Arlingclose’s list of recommended Money Market Funds and Cash Plus Funds.

Joseph graduated from Bournemouth University in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in Economics (2:1). Before joining Arlingclose, Joseph proceeded to work for 5 months as a Finance Assistant in the accounts team of Nicoll Curtin Technology, a recruitment company in Central London.

Mark Swallow

Mark Swallow

Director

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Mark joined Arlingclose as Client Director in October 2010.

He is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 25 years of local government finance experience.

Mark is responsible for managing and maintaining client relationships, providing advice and support for officers and Members on all aspects of treasury policy, debt and investment strategies, MRP policy, compliance with the CIPFA Prudential and Treasury Management Codes and the accounting Code of Practice. He also provides accounting advice on treasury transactions for clients’ financial statements at the each financial year end.

Mark is a Strategic Director and is responsible for Arlingclose’s Technical and Consultancy offerings advising on balance sheet reviews and projections, capital and technical accounting, including Housing Revenue Account related issues. He is also involved in Arlingclose’s technical and accounts closedown related workshops.

As a key member of the Housing Team, he assists local authorities in the delivery of their housing strategies through innovative housing delivery solutions.

He is a member of CIPFA’s TIS Online advisory team for Capital and Investments and was a Case Study examiner.

Mark was a treasury practitioner at West Somerset BC and Taunton Deane Council. Before joining Arlingclose, he was part of Sector Treasury Service’s client relationship team and had advisory responsibility for over 30 local authority clients. He was responsible for business development, bringing many new and innovative products to market and was also a key member of Sector’s Technical Advisory Group. He has also worked for the Audit Commission, where he had responsibility for many local authority and NHS audits and also gained project management experience whilst on secondment to the Audit Commission central office in London.

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